The 3D Lab is the home of all of our 3D printers, the 3D scanner, and all of our CAD computers.
To use the 3D printers you have to go through a training class or meet with the lab manager to do a short 1-on-1 training checkoff.
Classes are run twice a month, on the 1st Wednesday at 8pm and the 3rd Saturday at 9am. You can get tickets at our Eventbrite page. If you cannot make the normal classes you can email 3Dlab@tcmaker.org and we can work out a time to get you trained in a 1-on-1 session.
The two computers that have two monitors are our CAD computers. To get a logon please email firstname.lastname@example.org (you can also use the same logon as you do for the 3D Printer computer if you have been trained on them)
Slicers are the software that take your computer models and turn them into GCODE that a 3D printer understands and executes. There are tons of options out there so feel free to play around with some of them and find one you like. The one we use for the lab printers is Prusa Slicer but you are free to use any slicer you would like as long as you make absolutely sure you have the printer you are using set up correctly in it.
There are lots of options out there for 3D modeling the ideas you have in your head. This is a selection of free ones that cover the bases from CAD-style (think mechanical parts) and mesh style (think artistic designs).
If you are looking into getting started 3D modeling, regardless of if you eventually want to get into CAD or mesh modeling, I recommend starting with Tinkercad. It is free and web-based so you do not have to worry about installing anything and it has a great tutorial.